The practice of doing multiple things simultaneously. In others cases, multitasking means switching backwards and forwards between different tasks until they’re done. So you’re not actually doing them at the same time but within the same block of time.
Why people often do multitasking?
Doing two things at once makes us feel as though we’ve somehow saved time. Many of us can’t resist working in this way. Others just like to break the routine and make the tasks more enjoyable by doing other things on the side.
Research shows that just over 2% of people are brilliant at multitasking and suffer no drop in performance. The problem is that most of us aren’t very good at knowing whether or not we fit into this group. Multitasking has been decisively proven to be most of the time an ineffective way to work. Why is this so?
Should you try to do everything at once?
According to a professor at Saint John’s University, in Minnesota, U.S.A.
People really can’t multitask. The brain cannot concentrate on several things simultaneously. Over time, multitasking erodes our ability to pay focused, close attention, and this eventually eats away at traits such as patience, tenacity, judgment, and problem-solving.
Technology often obliges employees to work on two or more complex tasks simultaneously and answer queries immediately. Yet, “workers who are doing multiple things at one time are doing them poorly,” says Clifford Nass, director of the Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media Laboratory, at Stanford University, U.S.A. Reportedly, multitaskers are often stressed, are more easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli, do not think deeply and, as a result, miss important details.
Workers who are doing multiple things at one time are doing them poorly. - Clifford Nass
Smart entrepreneurs know how to prioritize. Knowing what you should be doing now and what comes next is a real stress relief. Concentrate single-mindedly on your most important task. You can reduce the time required to complete it by 50% or more.
- Identify your priorities.
- Be where you are when you’re there especially when you're having a face to face conversation.
- Don't forget to breathe and you will become a smart entrepreneur.